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For those interested in sky-gazing

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nomad, Nov 7, 2019 at 10:51 PM.

  1. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Leonid meteor shower - 17-18th Nov
    The Leonids are an abundant meteor shower associated with the comet Tempel–Tuttle, which are also known for their spectacular meteor storms that occur about every 33 years. The Leonids get their name from the location of their radiant in the constellation Leo as the meteors appear to radiate from that point in the sky.

    Geminid meteor shower - 13-14th Dec
    The Geminids are an abundant meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a "rock comet" orbit. This would make the Geminids, together with the Quadrantids, the only major meteor showers not originating from a comet.
     
  2. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Thanks, if I remember I will keep an eye out, it's a clear night here and I was out in the garden earlier looking at the sky when I got some great photo's... Love stargazing but its chilly so didn't stay out long.
     
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  3. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Meteors have been a constant source of disappointment to me. I diligently show up in the garden at stupid o'clock and raise my eyes to a thick layer of cloud.
     
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  4. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Senior commenter

    Transit of mercury..


    Monday afternooon


    DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN THROUGH BINOCULARS OR TELESCOPE

    it could burn your retinas out.

    Project onto white card, or use eclipse glasses
     
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  5. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Winter is the best time to study the stars, because there's less cloud cover than at other times of the year.

    If you're seriously interested in the stars, you need to lie on your back in your garden on the coldest night of the year under a TOG 50 duvet in Wynciette pyjamas and a dozen hot water bottles.

    Don't be surprised in every creature from miles around wants to share the bed with you though.

    You might even find Ivar's missing cat amongst them.
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2019 at 11:56 PM
  6. Kandahar

    Kandahar Established commenter

    Street lighting ufortunately renders the skyward view poor clarity today. LEDs everywhere. Find a hill in the middle of nowhere is your best chance.
     
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  7. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Senior commenter

    Transit of mercury will be in the afternoon
     
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  8. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    I’m not really into star gazing but the best ‘display’ I have ever seen was in Cape Verde, whilst turtle watching. There were so many on show and a particular cluster looked like an elaborate chandelier. Spectacular!
     
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  9. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

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